Presidio Tunnel Tops Park in San Francisco, Calif. on Aug. 21, 2022 (Dan McMenamin/Bay City News)

Whether it’s for spending an entire day at a park or taking a few minutes to step outside, San Francisco has launched a list of over 100 things to do in the city’s outdoor communal spaces.

In partnership with San Francisco Children & Nature, the San Francisco Recreation and Park Department broke down a list of outdoor activities by region that can spark motivation for residents to go outside and have fun.

Among the comprehensive list of ideas: making a sandcastle at Ocean Beach, looking for lizards at Lobos Creek Valley boardwalk, hugging a redwood at the bottom of the Transamerica Building and going cardboard box sledding at Youngblood-Coleman Playground in Bayview-Hunters Point.

Cyclists and pedestrians enjoy a foggy morning along the Great Highway at Ocean Beach in an undated image. (Photo courtesy of San Francisco Recreation and Parks)


The list was launched in honor of National Public Lands Day, Sept. 24, which was launched by the National Park Service to encourage a strong connection between people and open, communal space.

“Kids who experience nature in their daily lives are healthier, happier, and more resilient. It improves everything from self-esteem to academic performance. Despite all these benefits, childhood has moved largely indoors. We want to make sure city kids get a little slice of nature every day, and part of that is exposing the wonderful outdoor adventures right in their neighborhoods,” said San Francisco Recreation and Park General Manager Phil Ginsburg in a statement.

To find more ways on how to enjoy nature, residents can visit San Francisco Children & Nature’s site at sfchildrennature.org/explore.